Every time I make waffles I think of Donkey from the movie Shrek (if you don't know what I'm talking about then I don't think we can be friends).
I love making big family breakfasts on the weekends. Breakfast might be my favourite meal of the day. Its like having dessert for a meal! What could be better? Waffles, crepes, pancakes, french toast… mixed with fruit, jam, syrup…
Ok well I personally do not like maple syrup… I find it sickeningly sweet and I just plain don't like it. Ew.
My syrup aversion could be attributed to my youth when my brother and I would mix maple syrup with milk and drink it… I think i overdosed at a young age. But don’t be like me! Enjoy your syrup! Smother it over these delicious waffles and be happy. (Except don’t use too much… Hey I am in nutrition after all).
ANYWAYS! On with the waffles! Lovely gingerbread waffles - perfect for Autumn. ENJOY!
Recipe: Gingerbread Waffles
Makes ~6 Belgian Waffles
1 cup spelt or whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/3 cups milk
1/2 cup yogurt
3 tbsp sunflower oil
pinch of salt
1 tbsp vanilla
balkan style yogurt
Whisk the eggs in a medium mixing bowl with the molasses until combined. Stir in the milk, yogurt, oil and vanilla. Set aside.
In a larger bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices, salt and sugar. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry, and mix until combined. Don’t overmix the batter, but you can make sure everything is incorporated well (just be gentle!). If there is small bits of flour bubbles, do not worry.
Heat the waffle maker (I keep mine on setting 3) and ladle in a scoop of batter (~ 1/2 cup). Cook via the directions on the waffle maker.
Top with your favourite toppings! --Fresh fruit, jam, yogurt and maple syrup etc.